July 21, 2013 Subject:
Article is about a man's experience about his love and hate relationships with different Spiritual organizations – Author lacks in-depth study and it is very apparent that his views are biased.
The article shows that the author is caught in acceptance or rejection of different Indian Spiritual Organizations.
After going though the book, I just saw once again that, Patience is one thing many people (similar to the author) lack while studying Indian Spirituality. One must understand, why and under what circumstances one turns to spirituality. It is the need of securing higher (and long lasting) pleasure and the need to be saved from various psychological insecurities. These needs compel a man to come to conclusion about the truth about God (center of psychological Security) hastily. However the paradox is: as soon as one feels comfortable in one ideology, in the back of one’s mind complains start forming… "this is not the ever present pleasure, security I was searching for..." This voice when becomes loud, one finds many loop-holes in the current ideology and some other ideology seems more promising and divine! Hence the game ball starts rolling. More intellectual capable or sensitive a man is; more he suffers. This is the inner struggle to gain happiness; different schools are just the play-things for the mind.
Ancient Indian spiritual traditions never tried to increase their number of their followers by giving wrong information. They never asked people to stop listening to others or not to mingle with people having different ideologies. Unfortunately in later era, many Puranic texts and Organizations like ISKON have started doing this. Ignorance about other traditions and firm belief in their own philosophy; helps these organizations in confining their followers in their own world of particular ideology.
After comparing many traditional commentaries on Bhagavad-Gita, I found out that "Bhagavad Gita - As it is" by ISON founder is not at all an honest translation and commentary of Gita. see:http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ar1ZlBcPggZvBHVHarKxY_yQHQx.;_ylv=3?qid=20110214210416AABrtDN.
My views can be biased too! So, what is the solution? The solution is to study Gita commentaries in original through the Advaita, Dvaita, Visitadvaita, Dvaitaadviat, Bheda-bheda and Achintya Bhada-bheda interpretations. Then one can have a fare idea about: Firstly, the correctness of the translation of Sanskrit terms and secondly the correctness of the commentary. However, generally ISKON followers shut their doors of their mind such comparative study in ORIGINAL (I am not talking about the heresy about different tradition they have published in internet).
ISKON gurus have very strange ideas about Advaita (or Mayavada as you called) and they convey their ideas to their followers. It is like knowing Physics from a Literature teacher. Similarly, ISKON gurus have no idea what the Buddha taught, but that doesn’t stop them from stating their ignorant views on the Buddha! So, if you are really want to compare philosophies rationally and make your research public, then do this task unhurriedly and precisely. Study Indian Philosophy (and Sanskrit) and make friends with intellectuals from totally diverse ideologies and discuss with them. This will shatter your own ignorance, beliefs and psychological security.
If you are a spiritual seeker, then don’t be judgmental (or don’t publish your intermediate personal judgments in public) shut your mouth for 20 years. You are free to be converted as many times you want; but keep your ideas to yourself. Know the truth about God in first-hand (not from a book or Guru’s speech), then you can publish your own ideas which are not just borrowed for Spiritual industries. Thereby after God-realization, you wouldn't regret that you propagated false views when the actuality is totally different.